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HMS VICTORY model ship

HMS Victory stands second to none in the hearts of British seamen.  She was essential to Britain's continued superiority on the high seas during the Napoleonic Wars.  She was the legendary flagship of Admiral Horatio Nelson against France and Spain alliance in the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.  The decisive battle that doomed Napoleon did not happen in Russia or at Waterloo but on the high sea--the battle of Trafalgar. 

HMS Victory's construction took six years and that over 6,000 oak trees (100 acres of woodland).  Her Hull thickness at waterline was astonishing 2 ft.  The first that had three gun decks, the 227 feet long ship was equivalent to a WWII battleship and required the Royal Navy 850 sailors to man her.   She cost 63,176 British pounds to build—an equivalent to the cost today of an aircraft carrier. 

Until the Battle of Trafalgar, it had been the custom for fleets to do battle by sailing past or alongside each other in two parallel lines. Nelson completely break this tradition. He divided his fleet into two groups that would attack the enemy at right angles, breaking through the French and Spanish lines and cutting off their retreat.  This aggressive strategy would forever change the course of naval warfare.

Under Nelsons' strategy, the English fleet, under two columns, sailed toward the enemy who fired the first shot at the Royal Sovereign (lead ship of one of the columns) at about noon.  For the twenty agonizing minutes it took to reach the enemy lines, the lead ships of the two British attack groups endured continuous fire in silence. 

When the Royal Sovereign drew astern of the Spanish three-decker Santa Anna, she raked her decks with a murderous double-shot volley that killed and wounded 400.

On the other column, the HMS Victory led on, suffering unrelenting rain of cannon shot, She was searching for the French admiral’s ship.  When seeing the huge Spanish four-decker Santissima Trinidad, Nelson correctly assumed that the French admiral’s ship was nearby and bore down on the Santissima Trinidad.  As he did, the Bucentaure, Villeneuve´s flagship, and seven other enemy ships fired on the her.  By the time she had come close enough to fire on the Santissima Trinidad, 50 of her men were dead and 30 wounded.

Then the
HMS Victory collided with the French Redoubtable.  Locked together,  the two ships drifted slowly through the battle.

In the meantime, the Redoubtable’s top marksmen had shot down 40 British sailors.  Seeing the upper deck populated only by the dead and wounded, the French tried to board the HMS Victory. HMS Victory’s botswain’s whistle piped the tune signifying “boarders; repel boarders,” and the order immediately summoned swarms of smoke-begrimed blue-jackets to the deck, where they killed every enemy who had managed to board.  During this defense that a a sniper kneeling in the mizzen-top of the Redoubtable aimed his musket at Nelson. 

Below decks, Nelson´s life was ebbing away fast. But he lived to see Captain Hardy return from the fighting above to hear the news that fourteen enemy vessels had been captured. “That’s well,” Nelson said, “but I had bargained for twenty.”
 

hms victory stern
Extended sail


 

 


This HMS Victory model features:

- Billowing sails.  Only at ModelShipMaster! 

- Three-dimensional stern gallery.  Only at ModelShipMaster!
  
- Real two lower decks.  Only at ModelShipMaster! 

- All guns on lower decks have wooden carriage and metal barrel. Only at ModelShipMaster!
 
- Three gun sizes.  The lowest deck has largest guns and the open deck has smallest.  Only at ModelShipMaster! 

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More EXCLUSIVE features such as forecastle doors...

- Superior hollow hull construction (very important)

- Superior rigging: correct rope sizes, exact HMS Victory's rigging scheme.

 


Dimensions:  55" long x 41" tall x 14" wide   $5,700   S & H is $220.  This model has regular sail (2 lowest sails are furled to show deck details more clearly)  

 

Dimensions: 37" long x 32" tall x 11" wide.  Please choose one of the three sail options below:

  - No sail (to show superior rigging more clearly)    $3,200    Out of stock

   - Regular sail (2 lowest sails are furled)    $3,600    Out of stock

  -  Extended sails and signal flags, 15" wide, showing the HMS Victory at full speed to break the enemy line.  Total 34 sails, foremast and mainmast lower studding sails are all out. Nobody else has ever built ships with this feature.  On the model, Lord Nelson's last signal reads "England expects every man will do his duty."   $3,900    Out of stock

Add light feature to one of the above models:  $200        

Shipping and handling cost: for shipment in the USA: $150, Canada and Hawaii $390, Europe, Middle East and Africa $450, Australia and East Asia $590.  Will be added automatically during the checkout process.  Model will arrive in about seven days.  Express 2-day service in the USA is also available during the checkout process.

For display case, please click here: Model Ship Display Case


Please note that all ship models that are out of stock can only be built again after we have completed all custom models.  

 

"I was almost fooled by a big brand name when I saw the New York Times Store. When it came to the buying decision, my wife who's a handicraft artist interfered! With her help, I found out that the HMS Victory had numerous "undesirable" traits.  The stern gallery was outrageously wrong--way too tall. The small boats looked funny; the anchor did not have the wooden part; the gun barrels had no holes, the ratlines were not aligned at all; the spars were too thick... The most interesting thing that I learned that all the guns under the deck were fake. They had no carriages, let alone the decks for them to sit on. The gun port covers were made together with the square frame on which the barrels were attached.  Too many errors... When we looked at photos of the real HMS Victory, we couldn't believe that the NYT's model's masts were way too short, with the bowsprit perhaps only half the correct length.  Rigging line's too big, too coarse.  And with the body being too tall, how could the ship survive the waves?.... Well, at least the NYTS honestly posts large, clear photos so people wouldn't feel cheated. Many other sellers seem to hide their models' faults by posting very limited number of photographs which are too small for a fair analysis...."
 

Be kindly reminded: do not try to save a couple hundred dollars for a nautical piece that will proudly stay with you for decades and probably be passed down to the next generation. Click photos to see the quality of low-end models.
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In June 2008, after viewing the model in person, the president of the world-famous Maritime Museum of San Diego commissioned Model Ship Master to build  a copy of this HMS Victory at 1:64 scale.  The model is now on permanent exhibit on the museum's Indian Star tall ship."
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"Hi Frank, The Ship arrived yesterday safe & sound! Quite a crate ! It took me a while to uncrate it. I am impressed, and am finding much more detail than I expected... Thanks to all!
Emery Taylor
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"The Victory arrived safe and sound. I am quite impressed with the model - both the quality and the level of detail. It is beautiful and will have a place of pride in our home as a real work of art. Also impressive was the quality of the the packing with the crate constructed around the model. I will keep the crate for inevitable future moves.
Thanks again for the beautiful addition to our home. Dr. Bruce Evans"
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"Just uncrated HMS Victory...super.  Couldn't unpack on arrival due to some space constraints in my study ( too many books and rather disorganized. )  Even my wife likes it and she thinks I have too much "stuff" already.
So here we go again [the Flying Dutchman].
Scott B.
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